There are three ways to tackle the issues that repress India. One is to shut our eyes to corruption, venal politicians, anti-entrepreneur bureaucrats, and a mindset against meritocracy. The second is to become part of the system, merge with an interest group, and feel guiltless about street children, rat-eaters, riot-victims, men and women who cannot spell their name, or vote-robbing that masquerades as democracy.

The third way is to battle the repressors - using truth and moral values as weapons, allied with unbeatable information power, argumentation and analysis. Five years ago, we launched - now renamed - to influence public opinion, political leaders and corporate heads to nudge India towards the goals set by the Founding Fathers. We count among our readers such eminences as prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the rest of the UPA leadership, the former PM, A.B.Vajpayee, stalwarts of the NDA opposition, industrialists Rattan Tata and Ramesh Chauhan, apart from the Indian and NRI intelligentsia, the Indian middle and business classes, foreign governments, think-tanks, and educational institutions.

We have achieved some success, yes - but the task remains huge. Under popular demand, we intend to carry forward our mission in print - with a weekly newspaper, that will aim at the same high ideals of our Internet endeavour.

The Indian media is feisty - without being necessarily free or uniformly or consistently alive to public concerns. There is a felt need for a publication that informs, educates and crucially debates public-policy issues and provides leads to the myriad issues confronting government leaders in their daily tasks of governance.

Nonaligned, unconnected to any interest group, and subscribing to the only ideology of Indiafirst, we invite non-resident Indians - perhaps the last section of Indians left with the energy, drive, motivation and idealism to retrieve India - to generously participate in our venture. There is much that has gone wrong with the country - but it is nothing that dedicated Indian minds cannot overcome. Hate it for what it has become, but India is the only country we have.

Let us save it.

Five years ago...

Most thinkers of the Internet give it extraordinary powers to atomize society. If you believe them, the net will make ‘Is’ of many of us sooner than we know. This belief has crippled news executives who are unable to decide if news ought to be packaged for an individual or for a community.

The dilemma of news executives has been pronounced by the Internet, perhaps, but not caused by it. The cause lies in the increased - and now, terminal - commoditification of news. It is as if news is a machine-generated product like a motorcar. A trend for smaller cars is matched by a pressure to write shorter stories without details. The reader is informed but untouched. A mini car comes along towing a bikini story. Buy and discard. Read and rubbish. The race is on to miniaturize. The rattrap is sprung. Should we make a family car or a small car? Should we custom news for an individual or a family or a community? The executives fall into their own pits.

Hell, news is much more than that. Hemingway, the writer, was once asked why he wrote. He said that he wrote to do good. Hemingway was a newsman before he became a writer. He was a newsman even after he was a writer. The power to do good never left his writings. The power to do good is what journalism is about.

Good journalism cares about people. News are not events to be headlined and forgotten. We at care as much for the people of the news as for the news. And we don’t stop at news. We encourage meaningful interactions on all aspects of public affairs with the sole purpose of extracting solutions that are - and seen to be - in public interest. Indians here, and in foreign lands, comprise a vast reservoir of one of the world’s finest talents, and it is our express aim to weld them into a family that puts India and its wellbeing above all else.

In our view, it is not there to choose between individuals and communities. What is good for all will likely be good for one. Individuals are important. Equally, a CEO or a prime minister are not self-contained packages that may survive in isolation, omnipotent and omnipresent as God.

One for all and all for one...that is us.